Shoni Schimmel’s Senior Night, Anything Can Still Happen

Shoni Schimmel will play on national television tonight - ESPN2

Shoni Schimmel will play on national television tonight – ESPN2

By Charlie Springer

The Schimmel “Sister Act” will play on ESPN2 on Monday night at 7:00 p.m. – EST. Check your local television listings for channel information.

LOUISVILLE – On November 11, 2010, the University of Louisville women’s basketball team played its first game at the KFC Yum! Center.

The opening game of the season. Packed house, with 22,124 fans. Angel McCoughtry’s jersey would be retired that night, two seasons after leading UofL to the national championship game. Things had gone downhill the previous year, multiple injuries and 14-18 won-lost record. These Cardinals needed a boost.

The night would begin a new era, not only in facilities, but because it would be Shoni Schimmel’s first ever as a Louisville Cardinal. A Native American phenom from Mission, Oregon, one of the few freshmen to ever start in her very first game at UofL.

Not a pretty start. Her first seven passes were way wide of their targets — eight turnovers in the first half, no points, no assists during those first 20 minutes. She would recover somewhat during the second half, committing only one turnover while making three assists scoring nine points (including her first three-pointer) in a 63-50 loss to Tennessee.

Over the next four seasons, she would score 2,027 points to rank second behind only McCoughtry in the program, become the all-time UofL leader with a total of 366 three-pointers, and be credited with 569 assists. She also has led her team to three NCAA appearances, including the national championship game last season.

Anything and everything, mostly good, can happen when Shoni Schimmel gets the ball. Just ask her teammates, the recipients of her no-look passes, forcing them to be ever alert. Twice she has hit eight three-pointers in a game, including a remarkable eight straight against Memphis this season.

Four years and 135 games later, Shoni will be appearing in her final regular season home game Monday night against top-ranked and undefeated UConn. It’s Senior Night for Shoni and three teammates — Tia Gibbs, Antonita Slaughter and Tia Gibbs — and they have reason to believe anything is possible.

Rick and Ce Ce Moses Schimmel, the parents of Shoni and Jude, in town for Senior Night. (File photo)

Rick and Ce Ce Moses Schimmel, the parents of Shoni and Jude, in town for Senior Night. (File photo)

Editor’s Note:  This article first appeared in Card Game on March 2, 2014. Used with permission.

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